THE CASTLE OF GOOD HOPE

 

The Castle of Good Hope known locally as the Castle or Cape Town Castle is a bastion fort built in the 17th century in Cape Town, South Africa and is one of the oldest surviving buildings in South Africa and has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape and the nation.  Originally located on the coastline of Table Bayfollowing land reclamation the fort is now located inland. In 1936 the Castle was declared a historical monument (now a provincial heritage site) and following restorations in the 1980s it is considered the best preserved example of a Dutch East India Company fort.

 


 

TABLE MOUNTAIN

 

Table Mountain is a mountain rising from the sea and is a flat-topped mountain forming a prominent landmark overlooking the city of Cape Town in South Africa. The top of Table Mountain offers amazing views in all directions and gives a bird’s eye view of the city. The upper cable car station is situated at 1067 metres and the cable car floor rotates 360 degrees enabling visitors to take in the whole of the breathtaking views. The cableway station at the top of the mountain has a curio shop, a shop where you can stock up on snacks, and a restaurant. 


GREENMARKET SQUARE

Greenmarket Square is a historical square in the centre of old Cape TownSouth Africa. The square was built in 1696, when a burgher watch house was erected. Over the years, the square has served as a slave market, a vegetable market, a parking lot and more recently, a flea market trading mainly African souvenirs, crafts and curios. Near the centre of the square is a hand operated pump used to bring clean water to the surface from an underground river that runs through the city. During the apartheid era, Greenmarket Square was often the focus of political protests, due in part to its proximity to parliament, as well as the ethnicity of its traders and shoppers.


COMPANY GARDENS

Company’s Garden is the oldest garden in the country. It has its origins in Jan van Riebeeck’s vegetable garden, which he grew to feed the original colony as early as 1652, but a little closer to the coast. In a bid to plant in more fertile soil, on ground sheltered from the wind, he moved his garden with its northern boundary on Wale Street, and this is where it stands today. Company’s Garden is intricately bound with the arts in South Africa. Not only is there an art gallery within the park, but it is also the venue of a number of festivals, including the Human Rights Concert and the Youth Festival. There is a permanent craft market which has invited some 20 crafters to market their products directly to the public from the gardens.


BO KAAP

Bo-Kaap or Bo Kaap Cape Town is one of the most fascinating places in Cape Town. Home to the famous colourful cottages that are set high on steep cobbled roads, this area lies between Tamboerskloof and De Waterkant in the heart of the Cape Town City Bowl It is also known as the Cape Malay Quarter. The name Bo Kaap translates from Afrikaans to ‘above the Cape’, and lies on the slopes of Table Mountain, overlooking the city. Just about every road leading to the suburb is steep. Some are so steep that there are handrails on the pavements. The roads are cobbled, and flanked by brightly coloured houses in just about every shade imaginable. There are a number of mosques in the area, which is predominantly Muslim.

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